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Dictionary Definition



1 a salt deposit that animals regularly lick [syn: salt lick]
2 touching with the tongue; "the dog's laps were warm and wet" [syn: lap]
3 (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: punch, clout, poke, biff]


1 beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!" [syn: bat, clobber, drub, thrash]
2 pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand" [syn: lap]
3 find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem" [syn: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, work]
4 take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast" [syn: lap, lap up]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. To stroke with the tongue.
    The cat licked its fur.
  2. To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
    My dad can lick your dad.
  3. To overcome.
    I think I can lick this.
  4. vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus.


to stroke with a tongue
  • Bosnian: lizati
  • Catalan: llepar
  • Croatian: lizati, liznuti
  • Czech: lízat
  • Dutch: likken
  • Faroese: sleikja
  • French: lécher
  • German: lecken
  • Greek: γλείφω (gleírw)
  • Icelandic: sleikja
  • Indonesian: jilat
  • Italian: leccare
  • Lao: (lia)
  • Persian: (lisidan)
  • Polish: lizać
  • Russian: лизать (lizát')
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: лизати
    Roman: lizati
  • Spanish: lamer
  • Swedish: slicka
  • Turkish: yala
Translations to be checked
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  1. The act of licking.
    The cat gave its fur a lick.
  2. The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
    Give me a lick of ice cream.
  3. A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
    The birds gathered at the clay lick.
  4. A stroke or blow.
    Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.
  5. A bit.
    You don't have a lick of sense.
    I didn't do a lick of work today.
  6. A short motif.
    There are some really good blues licks in this solo.

Extensive Definition

Lick may refer to:
In things named after James Lick (see people, below):
In people:
  • Dennis Lick (born 1954), American professional football lineman 1976 - 1981
  • Jacklyn Lick (born 1974), American pornographic actress
  • James Lick (1796 – 1876), American carpenter, land baron, and patron of the sciences
  • J. C. R. Licklider (1915 - 1990), American computer scientist, nicknamed "Lick"

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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